Six Flags Over Georgia is turning things around on the popular Great American Scream Machine -- the roller coaster will run backwards when the park opens on March 10.
Six Flags Over Georgia has said the change is for a limited time. Six Flags has grown tremendously since the Scream Machine opened in 1973, adding newer, taller and faster attractions that flip riders upside down and plunge them down vertical drops. But the historic wooden coaster is such a staple. This marks the second time Six Flags Over Georgia has turned the seats around – the last time goes back to the early 1990s.
Since it first opened in 1990, Georgia Cyclone has become an iconic part of Six Flags Over Georgia. But in just two weeks, the wooden rollercoaster will take its final ride. Six Flags Over Georgia announced exclusively to Good Day Atlanta's Paul Milliken that the park will retire Georgia Cyclone at the end of July.
Georgia Cyclone opened 27 years ago, with a design based on the legendary coaster of the same name at Coney Island. Georgia Cyclone is a wooden coaster with nearly 3,000 feet of track, reaching top speeds of around 50 miles per hour.
Sharp-eyed readers observed the park’s 2016 map on its website and noticed two things: that Ninja was now blue in color and was labeled “all-new” and opening later in the season. Park President Dale Kaetzel said that Vekoma was on site and working to improve the ride experience with some track work and some improvements to the trains. Kaetzel did mention it would sport the new vest-type harnesses found on Vekoma’s Boomerang coasters (such as Carolina Cobra at nearby Carowinds), but was coy about whether it would be on new trains or on the existing vehicles. I’m wagering it’ll be the former. Kaetzel also mentioned that the name “Ninja” may not be on it when it does re-open, but nothing was set yet.
Something hectic is happening in Gotham City. It’s almost as if the entire city has been turned upside down and not even the caped crusader himself can stop it!
For a limited time, dare to take on an all-new experience — BATMAN™: The Ride BACKWARDS! As one of our guest favorites and most adrenaline-charged coasters, this steel beast will now be even more intense with this gravity-defying role reversal. Get ready to step onto your favorite inverted steel coaster and feel the thrill of flying 50 mph through relentless loops and zero-G turns that you will never see coming!
Step right up through the tall carved gates of Bruce Wayne’s favorite little town: GOTHAM CITY. You’ll journey deep into bat cave, tricked out with all the latest high tech gear of Bruce Wayne Industries.
However, there’s only one piece of equipment that matters right now, and that’s the reversed steel inverted beast you are about to board, blasting off backwards into the sky over GOTHAM. As you load into your chair hanging from an overhead track, you’ll really take notice that you’re about to fight crime with your feet just dangling free in the air backwards. Following a 10 story lift to the top of the world, brace yourself for a full 360 degree loop right off the bat backwards. You’re a global Super Hero, you don’t need to warm up. You can even do it backwards!
After escaping that obstacle, now there’s a backwards zero-G roll that you won’t see coming, then a second loop waiting for you about ten seconds later, which you’ll experience backwards. Okay, you’re starting to get the hang of this. Next you’ll be blindsided by a double set of corkscrew descents with enough G-force to make you scream in slow motion. All told, you’ll face a mind-warping five inversions and you will never see them coming.
Be sure to visit Six Flags Over Georgia starting March 14, because this steel beast will only be backwards for so long before the masked hero saves the city and turns it around back to normal again. BATMAN™: The Ride BACKWARDS is waiting for you this spring!
Six Flags Over Georgia has just announced that it will be getting it’s 11th coaster for the 2011 operating season, Dare Devil Dive. The new roller coaster will be a custom-designed Gerstlauer Eurofighter, with a vertical lift and a beyond vertical drop. While the park claims it will be the “First coaster in the US to drop beyond vertical,” however both Maverick at Cedar Point and Mystery Mine at Dollywood opened in 2007 with beyond vertical drops of 95-degrees.
The ride will start off with a vertical ascent up 100 ft in the air, before the train slows and pauses at the summit. After this, the train will plunge downward, beyond vertical, angling inward before reaching the bottom of the drop, and a top speed of 52 mph. While a clear image and description of the remaining layout is unclear at this moment, the park describes the remaining layout for us: “The ride then careens through a thrilling combination of diving loops while executing three inversions before riders catch air on a zero gravity hill and swoop across the dreaded Immelmann vertical U turn stretched high above the ground. The crescendo builds as the car dives toward the ground and up into a Heartline roll before being slowed by the magnetic brakes.”
Melinda Ashcraft, Park President of Six Flags Atlanta Properties, said of the addition, “We’re excited to welcome Dare Devil Dive as our 11th roller coaster…It will be the perfect complement to an already stellar coaster lineup.”
Dare Devil Dive is expected to open on Memorial Day Weekend in 2011, joining some of the parks other top thrillers like Goliath, Batman: The Ride, and Superman: Ultimate Flight.